Mary Pal

Ottawa, Canada

As countless other hopeless souls with an addiction to textile, stitch and design will attest: we didn’t choose it; it chose us. Right from the moment we picked up our first crayon.

Being chosen has its drawbacks:  you take on wildly time-consuming projects, spend hours isolated in your studio, and create work that you need to explain to 99% of the world is art, not craft. But the projects stretch you in wonderful ways, the studio becomes a haven where you can regain sanity, and showing your work to the world – well, it’s tough, but it builds character.

I live in Ottawa, Canada, with my husband and three children in their late teens and early 20’s, so it is often tough to carve out time for art. When I do, my media of choice are cheesecloth, linen, burlap and paint.

"Homeless Love", 24" x 36"